Two Worlds, One Style

What do you get when you put science fiction, history, horror, fantasy, adventure, and fun together?  The answer: you get an extremely imaginative literary genre and an aesthetically innovative style, known as “steampunk”

The term “steampunk” dates back to the 1980s, where science fiction author, K.W. Jeter, used the word to describe an alternate reality, in which the Victorian era collides with modern technology and science.  Jeter’s works served as a launching point for a wide spread genre of literature that grew in popularity.  In turn, this literature propelled a subculture that seeped into art, interior design, music, and fashion.  Steampunk design is quite unique and wearing its style is the perfect way to draw attention from all!

Steampunk fashion is anchored in styles of the Victorian era, but also mixes it with the influence of its science fiction genre.  While some people flaunt this attire in daily life, it is more commonly reserved for special occasions such as steampunk or anime conventions.  Steampunk outfits are usually handmade or comprised of pieces from thrift stores or specialty shops.  Because this style is so creative, commercial clothing brands and lines are avoided.  Colors tend to be natural and dark, as opposed to bright and vibrant.  The steampunk look is also accompanied by an accessory ranging from a top hat, parasol, or the like.

Empire Woman’s Steampunk Gown:

Empire Woman's Steampunk Gown

Women’s steampunk fashion usually consists of dresses or skirts with petticoats or corsets, accented by a feminine hat, floral pin, or other headwear.  Also, seeing as steampunk is an adventure genre, one may spot a steampunk woman clothed as a pirate, pilot, or engineer.  Other outerwear may include carriage coats, pea coats, and riding jackets.  In addition, elegant gloves or other hand coverings may accompany the style.

As for steampunk men, they sport a Victorian appearance with suits and vests with top hats and long coats.  A rogue-like style is also popular among men, which features high leather boots, gloves, and goggles.  This look is completed with the addition of a pocket watch kept in the waistcoat.  Besides the top hat, a steampunk man may also be spotted wearing a bowler hat, leather helmet, bandana, newsboy cap, Arctic flap hat, or similar Victorian era headwear.  While these hats are common, some men choose more modern gear a top their head.

Empire Gentleman’s Steampunk Coat:

Empire Gentleman's Steampunk Coat

The best part of steampunk fashion is that it breaks all the rules!  Basically, anything goes, as long as you have an imagination to blend science, fantasy, and antique together!  If you want to stray away from the norm and stand out as an individual, steampunk is the route to go!  For stylish fun, view our steampunk collection at:  http://www.historicalclothingrealm.com/

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